This leather-bound visitor's book or guest book (1918-1977) was owned by Egyptian antiquities dealer, Maurice Nahman (1868–1948), who lived in Cairo, Egypt. The book contains the original signatures and notations of well-known archaeologists, Egyptologists, scholars, collectors, philanthropists, and curators of the day. Nahman was a collector and art and antiquities dealer with a gallery at the rear of his Arab-style house in Cairo. During his life he also worked in the position of Head Cashier at the Credit Foncier d'Egypte in Cairo.
Parts of his stock were sold in sales at his gallery in 1920, and at Christie's in London on 2 March 1937; after his death a sale was held at the Hotel Drouot in Paris in February and June 1953. Further material with a Nahman provenance was sold through Christie's in South Kensington on 28 April 2004. Photographs of Nahman and his house are illustrated in the 'Antiquities' sale catalogue for Christie's South Kensington, 28 April 2004, pages 48-49. Objects sold through Nahman are represented in many collections throughout the world.